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To George Washington from Brigadier General John Sullivan, 7 March 1776

From Brigadier General John Sullivan

7 March 1776. “As Brigadier General of the Day yesterday I visited The Several Guards hereafter mentioned & found the Guards vigilent & Sentrys Alert Except at the South & north Redoubt in both of which I found all the Guards within the Guard Houses and the Sentrys Taking no Notice of my Coming or Even of any thing Else[.] The South Redoubt was Commanded by Ensign Brown & the North by Lieut. Bowden both of Colo. Phineys Regiment.”1

ADS, DNA: RG 93, Revolutionary War Rolls. Sullivan included in his report a return of the guards at Cambridge, the south, middle, and north redoubts, Lechmere’s Point and bridge, Prospect Hill, Cobble Hill, the White House, Plowed Hill, Winter Hill, and the magazine. Under “Occurances” Sullivan reported that at 9:00 a.m. on 6 Mar. “Discovered a vessel ashore on Governors Island,” at 6:00 p.m. that day “added 50 men to the Guard at Plowd Hill,” and at 4:00 a.m. on 7 Mar., “the Enemy man[ne]d their Lines at Bunkers Hill.” Governors Island was east of Boston between Noddles and Castle islands.

1William Boden and Peter W. Brown (d. 1830) were officers in the 18th Continental Regiment commanded by Col. Edmund Phinney.

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